Criss Cross

Digital Restoration


Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally,

The film opens with an aerial nighttime view of a metropolis, but the camera soon draws its circle around three figures acting out an obsessive “criss cross” of love and betrayal: Burt Lancaster, a would-be petty crook; Dan Duryea, as always, hiding cruelty behind his baby face; and Yvonne De Carlo, wed, in her way, to both. In the first moments of dialogue (“Meet me at the house at Palos Verdes”), the setting is revealed to be Los Angeles. Criss Cross is taut, exciting, extremely well-written, and one of the best of the sleazy underworld films of the 1940s, the closest Robert Siodmak came to capturing the essence of Fritz Lang.

  • Daniel Fuchs
Based On
  • the novel by Don Tracy
  • Franz Planer
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 87 mins
  • Universal Pictures

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